Flooding the moat with flowers for the Platinum Jubilee
01 June to 18 September 2022
The Tower of London's Superbloom is the beautiful new naturalistic landscape of the historic moat, marking the Platinum Jubilee year of Her Majesty the Queen.
Designed to be a haven for pollinating insects and seed-eating birds in the heart of the City of London, the display will transform the moat into an evolving sea of colours and scents over the course of the summer.
On arrival, visitors can slide into the famous moat on our Superbloom slide! Or for a more conventional entry, there is a fully accessible visitor entrance just off the Causeway taking you into the weaving pathways. The Superbloom slide, repurposed from an original commissioned by the National Trust for Cliveden House, will have planters running alongside to compliment the Superbloom flowers. Slide availability is subject to weather conditions and demand.
Visitors continue through the Superbloom display along winding willow-lined paths set to a specially commissioned soundscape with sculptural elements along the way including The Nest - a woven wicker sculpture - helping you feel at home among the bees and butterflies.
It promises to be a feast for the senses.Superbloom event Buy Superbloom tickets Book access tours
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20 million seeds are sown in the moat for our spectacular floral display to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
The Nest designed, built and woven by Spencer Jenkins was installed on 17 March. Made using willow, it will be a space to pause for a moment as you walk through the moat.
Work started in the moat for Superbloom installing 10,800 metric tonnes of soil and 2.4m of drainage, where 20 million seeds will be sown.
10,800 metric tonnes of soil will be installed.
A 'Queen's Garden' will be created as part of the Tower of London Superbloom. The concept for the garden has been developed by Andrew Grant and James Clarke of Grant Associates, the lead designers for the Superbloom project and draws on the colours, shapes and motifs employed by Hartnell for the coronation gown. The layout of the space - with its concentric scalloped hedging - is intended to evoke the scalloped tiers of embroidery which feature on the gown’s silk skirt. Nigel Dunnett – the Lead Horticulturalist for Superbloom – has selected a delicate semi-formal structure of shrubs such as lavender, santolina and brachyglottis greyi to frame a sparkling mix of summer flowers, hinting at the gold bugle beads, pearls and diamante which dazzled viewers around the world on coronation day.
12 cast glass forms representing the national emblems featured in Hartnell’s embroidered design, including the thistle of Scotland, the Australian wattle and Canadian maple leaf will rise from the garden. In the centre, will sit a glass crown, a reminder of the Tower of London’s ancient role as home of the Crown Jewels; the sacred regalia used in Her Majesty’s coronation, and those of previous British monarchs. Specially created for the Queen’s Garden by glass artist Max Jacquard, these hand-crafted artworks will catch the light and provide an elegant visual spectacle.
Over 20 million seeds from 29 flower species will be planted in the Tower of London moat to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Superbloom flower display. Each of the flower species have been specially selected for their colour and ability to attract pollinating insects.See the flowers
Creating a new biodiverse habitat in the heart of London, learn more about the pollinating insects that can be found in the Tower moat and in your own garden.Discover the pollinators
As we prepare to fill the moat with a beautiful floral display in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, here are some surprising facts about the moat at the Tower of London.Tower of London moat facts
Why not grow your own display of flowers wherever you are using our specially selected Superbloom seed mix. No garden is too big or small! You can sow your seeds in your garden, a planter or a window box.Buy Superbloom seeds
Discover how schools are taking part in Superbloom.Superbloom Schools
Learn more about how local community groups are taking part in Superbloom.Communities programme
The Tower’s ‘Superbloom’ is the first stage of installing a natural landscape in the moat in the heart of the City of London.
It will see the moat become a welcoming new habitat and a green haven for pollinators, insects and seed-eating birds.
When the ‘Superbloom’ display ends in September 2022, the new natural landscape created to support it will remain in the moat as a permanent Jubilee legacy.
Create and share your own Superbloom in augmented reality. Virtually plant seeds wherever you are to see the flowers grow all around you and spot the pollinators attracted to the blooms. if you cannot visit the Tower of London Superbloom this summer, you can recreate the experience wherever you are with this app, using augmented reality powered by Niantic's Lightship. The ‘Tower Superbloom AR’ app is free and available to download from the Apple and Google Play stores.Google Play store Apple app store
Book a table with a view overlooking the iconic London skyline and the River Thames for a seated lunch or afternoon tea at The Reveller.
Alternatively, the Glass Rooms offer a dining experience like no other. With their panoramic views of the River Thames, Tower Bridge, The Shard and the Tower of London, these 12 exclusive and intimate Glass Rooms offer a unique setting for your ultimate dining experience. For one summer only, from June to September, we’ll be serving a menu inspired by our British growers and farmers all in the privacy of your own private dining space.Book the Reveller Book the Glass Rooms dining
Superbloom is generously supported by:
Platinum Partners, Coronation Crown
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Rothschild & Co
Platinum Partner, State Crown
Platinum Partner, Diadem
Historic Royal Palaces, Inc
The City of London Corporation
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust
The Hiscox Foundation
and others who wish to remain anonymous
City of London Livery Companies
The Grocers' Company
The Drapers' Company
The Fishmongers' Company
The Goldsmiths' Company Charity
The Merchant Taylors' Company
The Clothworkers' Company
The Wax Chandlers’ Company
The Tallow Chandlers’ Company
The Saddlers’ Company
The Airpilots' Company
The Builders’ Merchants Company
The Actuaries' Company
The Engineers’ Company